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STAF117-0504: Vet. Asst. Module 4: Basic Concepts of anesthesia, Elective Surgery, and Emergency Medicine

Heather Howell, LVT, MBA

May 21 - June 19, 2004
Real Time Sessions: Wednesday evenings May 26, June 2 and 9: 9:30pm - 11:00pm ET (USA)


Goal of the course: To teach veterinary assistants, animal caretakers, and new employees necessary information so they may actively contribute to quality patient care. To impart knowledge and techniques veterinary assistants can utilize when assisting veterinarians and veterinary technicians. This module will focus on the first few days of a veterinary assistants training. This course concentrates on teaching the basics concepts of anesthesia, surgery, and emergency medicine/triage.

All members of the veterinary support staff are encouraged to join the course and its discussions; however, this course is focused toward veterinary assistants, animal caretakers and new hospital employees.

Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to:


Weeks 1 & 2 - Basic Concepts in Anesthesia and Elective Surgery
Content: These sessions discusses the basic concepts of anesthesia, surgery, the sterile field, and instrumentation. Routine elective procedures (ovariohysterectomy, castration, declaw, dentistry) are discussed in respect to the preparation, the procedure, potential surgical complications, and the role these surgeries play in the overall health of the pet. Client communication aspects of these topics will also be discussed. In addition, we will cover setting up for procedures, basic monitoring, and the veterinary assistant's role caring for the patient pre and post surgery.

Week 3 - Basic Concepts in Elective Surgery and Basic Concepts in Emergency Medicine/Triage.
Content: This lecture will continue to discuss the basic concepts of surgery and move on to discuss the basics of emergency situations. The basic principles of triaging the potential emergency, obtaining an accurate history from the client in the face of an emergency, and discussion of what a true emergency is will be covered. In addition, we will cover the veterinary assistant's role in setting up for emergency care, monitoring the patient and necessary emergency equipment and pharmaceuticals.


Library materials will be made available prior to the topic week so participants will have plenty of time to prepare for the real time sessions and discussion.

board discussions regarding the topic presented will begin on the day the course opens and continue for one week following the last real time session. These discussions will be held in the VSPN CE course area.


$72 ($65 early bird special if registered before May 12, 2004)
Full time students of AVMA and Canadian accredited VT Programs are eligible for a discount of $36 (upon verification of student status) * VT students, please include your program directors name, school, and school phone number) in the comments section of the CE registration form. Your registration will be delayed if this information is not included.


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Note: "This course has been submitted for approval for 4.5 hours of continuing education credits in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB's RACE approval; however participants should be aware that some boards have limitations on the number of hours accepted in certain categories and/or restrictions on certain methods of delivery of continuing education. Call VIN/VSPN for further information." (Attendees are encouraged to check with their licensing jurisdiction(s) for information regarding recognition by their board.)

COURSE WITHDRAWAL AND REFUND POLICY: Withdrawal prior to the listed start date of a course entitles the registrant to a complete refund or a credit toward a future VIN CE course, whichever is preferred. Withdrawal within 1 week after the listed start date (i.e. including no more than one real-time session) entitles the registrant to a credit toward any future VIN CE course. (Does not apply to courses with only one real-time session.) After the first real-time session, a registrant may withdraw due to special circumstances and receive prorated credit towards a future VIN course. These requests will be handled on an individual basis. The amount of the prorated credit will be determined based on 65% of the time remaining in the course at the time of withdrawal. It is not possible to withdrawal retroactively. Note: To ensure rapid handling of your request for withdrawal, we recommend that you call the VIN office at 1-800-700-INFO.
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